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new york is the most densely populated city in the u.s. and over 40 million tourists visit the city every year. the 1.3 billion gallons of water required every day are delivered by a system of extraordinary scale and complex engineering. man: water is essential to the economic viability of new york city. reliable infrastructure and reliable delivery of water is a must. you have to reinvest in the infrastructure every single minute to keep it current. hurwitz: we have the stock exchange, we have the united nations -- failure can have a dramatic impact on the nation, and even internationally. so there's a really keen awareness that you always have to be fixing the system. things corrode, they rust. they get to where you turn them on and nothing happens. but it is so totally used in every nook and cranny, that making any accommodation to shut it down, to do something to it, is very difficult. narrator: two massive underground tunnels, called simply tunnel 1 and tunnel 2, provide most of the city's water supply. they run hundreds of feet below manhattan, far deeper than the subways. bui
. a great way to get out and play. >> for more information, across america, cities and towns, homes and businesses all depend upon one basic resource. modern civilization and life itself would be impossible without it. woman: okay, so today, we're going to look at how do we get our water? narrator: and today, it's a matter of simply turning on the tap. so often, we forget about the value of water. water is a commodity that is essential to life. 100 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine turning on the tap water. and now, it's an expectation. narrator: over 300 million people live in the united states. and each person uses an average of 100 gallons of water every day. man: what it takes to actually make clean water is somewhat a mystery to most customers. woman: so how does water get from the river into your house, or here at school? woman: somebody has to bring that water to us, and somebody has to take it away when we're finished with it. man: the water infrastructure is vital for disease protection, fire protection, basic sanitation, economic development, and for our qualit
was the first american city to develop a water system and to take on as a municipal responsibility water delivery to all of its citizens. when william penn laid out the city, he actually chose a spot of land that had a lot of groundwater. however, by 1730, 30,000 people lived within the first seven blocks of philadelphia, next to the delaware river. well, 30,000 people caused filth in the city and polluted their water sources. the groundwater was not potable. and in one year, 1/6 of the population died of yellow fever. now, they didn't know at the time that yellow fever was carried by mosquitoes. but the health issue was major in that first movement to build a water system. narrator: so they set out to find the cleanest source of water. although the majority of philadelphia's water now comes from the delaware river, early engineers found that development along the waterfront was causing pollution. so their search led them to the nearby schuylkill river. philadelphia developed technologies to pump water from the river into the city. these technologies established engineering concepts that
inspections, they may never open again, leaving new york city without water. so they chose to keep them open. as a result, there has not been significant inspection, maintenance, or repair of the tunnels in decades. no one knows their current condition. hurwitz: currently, city tunnel 1 and city tunnel number 2 would be feeding each half of the city. so you'd lose half the city if you didn't have a replacement. narrator: without half of its water supply, the city would shut down. for nearly 40 years, new york has been in the process of constructing a solution. man: this project is water tunnel number 3. we started on this project in 1969. i'm a sandhog. i've been a sandhog for 37 years. narrator: sandhogs are the men of local 147, who work deep below the city. they began building the infrastructure of new york in 1872. from the subways to the sewers, the water tunnels to the highway tunnels, new york city thrives because of their work. ryan: you got one little hole in the ground, and nobody knows we're here. see the empire state building, right. that's 1,000 feet. so you figure, you go down
the storm for one death in maryland. here in new york city a construction crane collapsed. it's dangling over midtown manhattan at around 58th street. officials say inspectors and engineers plan to climb 74 flights to check out the damage. closer look now. meteorologists say that high in the air the wind gusts could well have hit 95 miles per hour. farther downtown, the facade of this building collapsed. this is 14th street around 8th avenue in the chelsey neighborhood. fire officials report nobody hurt. lower manhattan is now in the dark after the utility company con ed cut power to the shush tip of the island. rick leventhal is in point ileasant, new jersey where the storm is either now about to come ashore. in fact, we have just gotten an alert, the center of thehurre landfall within the last seconds. officially in south jersey. and that's where rick leventhal is now. rick? >> yeah, shepard. somebody should tell sandy that she is not a hurricane anymore. she is sure acting like one. i wish we could show you what's going on in the street outside. we will try. you really can't and the v
over the local airwaves in new york city and other metropolitan areas all over the twitter universe and authorities wonder, do we have to reassess everything that we know about the way we build, the way we allow for egress and ingress, no one thought a category one storm, but that is not the end all and be all of storms could do what this storm has done. over the next hour we will try to bring it to context and show you the maps we worked with yesterday to show you where this happened. it is new york city and down the shore of new jersey and state after state after state the disaster of 2012. the storm that tore up the east coast has brought misery to tens of millions. a thousand mile stretch of the united states. think of that: a thousand mile stretch feeling the effects of a rare weather system that slammed the region with 90-mile-per-hour winds, heavy rain and a record-breaking storm surge, crushed the reports in the tri-state area. coastal communities are flooded up and down the eastern seaboard for hundreds of miles. the new jersey shore among the hardest hit where the governor
. and take a look at this. the crane appears to be just hanging on. the new york city mayor says it's not in danger of falling. we'll take you live to the scene. as the monster storm moves on to it land and nails the northeast. >> hurricane on steroids, i think she just juiced up. >> do not underestimate lives. >> this looks like another meti where we need to come together all across the country. >> shepard: tonight, the epic threat from super storm sandy. ' its first from fox this monday night, seems the forecasters were right on almost every single point. the east coast of the u.s. now taking a direct hit from the most powerful storm ever to hit the region. ever in recorded history. and tonight, officials in maryland are reporting the first death they have just reported it. and what they are calling a storm related crash. a life look now point pleasant in new jersey where the sun has set near the spot hurricane is now coming ashore: they say the monster storm will spread devastation far and wide on east coast and far beyond. one of two main roads into atlantic city, new jersey. l
one of the city's two water purification plants. biedrzycki: cryptosporidium is a parasite that's found in the gut or intestine of both humans and animals, and found in many surface waters throughout the globe. prior to 1993, it was not on our radar. it was not a reportable disease. narrator: epa standards did not safeguard against cryptosporidium, because it was an unknown threat. once it contaminated the water supply, the treatment plant had no capability to kill the pathogen. so it spread throughout the system. biedrzycki: we saw an expenditure of $90 million to upgrade both water treatment plants. kaminski: cryptosporidium was a wake-up call. it was a wake-up call for us. it's a wake-up call for the nation. take care of your infrastructure before you have the kind of problem we had. biedrzycki: by no stretch of the imagination do i think we're out of the woods. recent cdc statistics indicate that up to 32 million cases of waterborne disease occur each year in this country. roy: but the vast majority of waterborne outbreaks go undetected. when people first get ill, they think
and flooding along the east coast. right now, new york city, a construction crane has partially collapsed on top of a high rise building. it is dangling 80 stories above the mid-town streets. we'll go live to the scene where the streets have been cleared and nearby building have been evacuated. at this hour, the storm is threatening 50 million people from washington, d.c., to martha's vineyard in massachusetts. subways and trains are shut down in many, many cities, including new york and boston. airlines canceled more than 7,000 domestic and international flights today and tomorrow, stranding 15 million people. both candidates suspended their campaign events. we've got it covered from all angles with reporters in key locations and our meteorologist in the studio. first, let's go live to that dangerous, damaged crane in midtown manhattan. it's dangling over the streets of midtown manhattan. nbc's rheama ellis is live. >> reporter: authorities are trying to get them up in the construction site to see if there is anything that they can do to fix the crane that is dangling over 57th street. p
have gotten tough but we're going to get through this together. as the city always does. let me summarize for our spanish speakers in our audience. [ speaking in spanish ] [ speaking in spanish ] so the message is one more time, don't call 911 unless it's a real life-threatening emergency and number two, don't go out and don't drive. you're just blocking the emergency vehicles from getting where they want to go. but for most of the people who stayed off the roads and particularly all of those who got out of zone a when we ordered everybody to get out, you made the right decision. and we're grateful for the cooperation. and we'll do everything we can to get all the services we need to everybody and to get this city back going. most of it, i hope, will come back during the day tomorrow. and we're just going to get through this the way we always do. thank you very much. >> that was new york city mayor michael bloomberg with his update on the storms effects on new york city. we continue our live coverage of sandy now classified as a post tropical cyclone by the national hurricane ce
back in a few minutes. we will send it down to sarah in notion city. >> -- ocean city. >> it it really is a beautiful evening, a lot of people are outside this evening. the water is relatively calm. the biggest concerns they have right now are flooding and beach erosion. they tell me there is an emergency plan in place. officials are watching the storm's track. they're expecting some flooding, so there are high water markers in place. otherwise, they're not many sandbags out. the city is relatively busy. officials are meeting regularly to evaluate the track. >> we are in the beginning stages of making sure that we have lists items put away. -- loose items put away. just trying to get ahead of things. we are in the prepared this mode, the information of mud. -- mode. >> the mayor is not expecting to see evacuation's this weekend. most of the visitors to ocean city will be leaving by late sunday, sunday afternoon anyway. as far as residents, at that point, they will most likely be asked to stay inside. >> it does not even look like an evacuation city for ocean city. the worst part of the
, hamdon, beneath the jfx, baltimore cities we will have a live report from sherrie johnson and on the left, new york city, moments ago, president barack obama has announced a disaster area declaration for new york and long island. >> we will cover both of those communities. what are we in store for today? >>> the worst -- >> woe, woe. >> we got rains we got lots of rain yesterday, we are going to get lots of rain today. we will see some of that today as well. i can't say the wore is over. all i can say is sandy made landfall. it could stall out for a bit and begin to move off towards the north. todays we are going to see hefty winds and alplenty of rain. we can see that behind me as we look at mailed's most powerful radar, the heavy rain along i-9 a, i-270, you don't need to travel today. keep it on the indoors and make sure the roads are clean and cheer as we check out what is going on with the winds, the current winds, similar to yesterday. sustained winds at 20 miles an hour, 18 miles an hour, 6 halvety grace. we are gusting higher than that. we are talking about wind gusts, tropical st
of america's biggest cities and it's about to come ashore. conditions are getting worse by the hour. at least 23 states are now under warnings or advisories because of the storm's winds. damage could hit $10 billion or even a lot more. some states could see their worst flooding in a century. and in the appalachian mountains, they're expecting blizzard conditions. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> hurricane sandy is a monster storm, even though its center is still out to sea. tropical storm and hurricane force winds extend, get this now, for 1,000 miles. right now, damaging winds are blowing from southern new england across long island, new jersey, delaware and virginia. we have the full resources of cnn deployed on the story including crews up and down the atlantic coast as well as in cities that aren't used to this kind of a disaster. here's what the storm looked like this afternoon when the international space station flew over. you can clearly see the eye of the storm. right now, the center is closing in on southern new jersey. let's begin our coverage with our meteorol
part of the city that never sleeps is in the dark. the wall of a four story building collapsed in manhattan exposing apartments inside. no one was injured. at least seven storm related deaths have been reported in connecticut, maryland and five in new york including three children. public transportation for more than 12 million people came to a halt in new york, flil and washington, d.c. when the eye of the storm passed over atlantic city the winds abated and clouds parted and full moon came out. >>> 60 million people will be impacted by this storm. fema has pledged over 3 beaten $5 billion for the cleanup if necessary. >> carolyn: and it's not just wind and rain punishing people. schools are closed in south carolina and blizzard warnings in west virginia. sandhya patel is here to show us where the storm is. >> check out doppler radar. you will see this storm is covering a large part of the east coast. there is snow falling right now and rain continues to batter the east coast. we'll show you where the snow is falling right now. it is extending from colombia, ohio, down to west
authority here in new york. it reads in part "the new york city subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. we are we are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery." now, what we heard earlier at least 14 hours to 4 days before they could start thinking about getting some things back online in the subway system which serves 5 million plus people a day. good morning, i'm chris jansing, you are watching msnbc's continuing coverage of superstorm sandy. we'll be live throughout the night and have reporters all across the region and msnbc meteorologist bill karins is on hand with us in new york. a quarter of a million of people without power are right here on the island of manhattan. and an emergency plan -- an emergency developed at new york university hospital on the east side of the city when that facility lost power forcing the evacuation of hundreds of patients just as the storm was at its most severe. rehema ellis is there covering it for the last several hours. what's the la
jersey. bill weir in erie, pennsylvania. and cynthia mcfadden in new york city. this is a special edition of "nightline." "the perfect storm." october 29th, 2012. >> good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden in new york. tonight, a deadly storm unlike any this city has seen before. for the first time since 9/11, all bridges and tunnels leading in and out of manhatt hathattan closed down. the city remains eerily dark and quiet tonight after a massive superstorm left half the city without power and partially under water. the historic storm continues to wreak havoc up and down the atlantic tee board from the carolinas to connecticut, claiming at least 13 lives and kaing blackouts and snow storms across the east coast and midwest. terry moran and bill weir will be joining us live from cape may, new jersey, and lake erie, pennsylvania. >>> first we turn to our colleague abc's juju chang who spent the day reporting in lower manhattan and comes to us now from the city's flooded streets. juju, what's the latest? >> reporter: i have to tell you new york felt like a city under siege. we literally had to w
. crippling new york city with a wall of water and a massive power outage. >> overnight, hospitals evacuated. a damaged crane dangling 90 stories up. what a long night it's been. and daylight will reveal so much more. a special edition of "america this morning," the perfect storm, begins right now. >>> and good morning, everyone. we begin straight away this morning with the very latest on sandy. a historic storm in so many ways. more than a dozen deaths are being blamed on sandy right now. and that number is likely to rise. >> some 5 million people are without power so far, from all along the eastern seaboard. even into the midwest. today, also, stock markets will be closed again for a second-straight day. a continuation of their first unplanned shutdown since the 9/11 attacks. >>> and at this hour, there is breaking news from queens, new york, where as many as 50 homes have been destroyed by fire. the heavy winds are making it extremely difficult to battle the flames. nearly 200 firefighters were called to the scene, trying to rescue people. no word yet on what set off those fires. >> have
city underwater. some airports continue to be closed, but limiting travel in the new york metropolitan area will resume tomorrow morning. also the new york stock exchange is expected to reopen tomorrow. >>> an update on the rainfall totals so far. joermg town and delaware -- georgetown and delaware, over 10 inches. other locations like oceana and virginia, washington dc just under 6. rainfall totals have been excessive as sandy has made landfall. steady rain is continuing at this hour. but the coverage is decreasing as sand sestarting to weaken some. still heavy rains moving through new york, north into canada, and still seeing snow through west virginia. blizzard warnings still in tact through west virginia. the blue is snow, the purple is a rain/snow mix. the watches and warnings at this time, blizzard warning, that's the purple. winter storm warnings remain in effect. it's possible we could see up to a foot of snow additionally through west virginia through the overnight hours. and also seeing the gusty winds.the nexte expected to improve. >>> a live look from new york city where th
's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >>> it's the worst thing that happened in this city, certainly, since 9/11. >> millions in the northeast struggle in the wake of hurricane sandy. >> the death toll continues to rise as a result of the storm. >> more than 6.5 million people are still without electricity. >> very difficult day. >> new jersey certainly hit the hardest. >> itis sight of devastation that makes it look as if there had been a bombing there. >> rescue teams trying to go house to house helping those who could not leave on their own. >> trapped in their house for 24 hours now. no cold. no heat. no electric. a lot of them were just tired. >> it could take days before subway lines are running normal in new york city. >> you're the most popular guy in the city today, huh? >> yes, sir. >> wall street up and running today for the first time since superstorm sandy blew ashore. >> breezy point was absolutely devastated. it was completely leveled. >> we're just devastated from this. shocked. shocked that it's happened to us. >> governor romney is cautiously venturing back on to th
today. it feels like a winter day. >> one area we have been tracking has been ocean city. >> ava marie braved the elements all day yesterday. a big difference today. >> what a difference. the wind is not as strong. we could get some gusts up to 60 miles per hour. there was a little bit of debris and damage in ocean city. this is a piece of roofing. notices a large piece of roofing. that was the bigger concern yesterday. nobody was injured with that. you'll still see this strewn about in ocean city. coastal flooding is no longer a concern in ocean city. the waves are not as big as we saw yesterday. there's still a flood watch. we had some light drizzle this morning. there could still be an additional inch of rain throughout the day today and into tomorrow morning. that will add to the flood concerns. ava marie, wbal-tv 11 news. back to you, tim. >> we are along the banks of the jones falls. you can see how high it was at one point overnight. this water came over across the guard rail. we are here in baltimore city. concerns about the weather. you can see leaves along the roadway. the sh
and president obama's visit to the new jersey coastline. kayla tausche is live in atlantic city. kayla? >> reporter: hi, tyler. we just saw air force one fly right over us and headed likely toward the atlantic city airport. we have tons of residents in atlantic city who turned out very excited, very rambunctious to seat president. it is the first day of sun after days of wind and rain and of course the wreckage of sandy here is evident as a place that used to be home to more of a residential part of the boardwalk. residents would fish off of it and stroll here. not so much the business part of the boardwalk but the wreckage you're seeing here, nonetheless. here in atlantic city the cleanup is just in its early, early stages. some residents who chose to stay behind getting power. i spoke to one resident today who finally got power, got a pump to his basement and started trying to pump out water that had flooded his basement. he was moved to tears when he started talking about watching the boardwalk float down the street earlier this week. moving a little bit farther north, i mean the im
ets hit areas jersey shore. atlantic city is now under water. >> we live team coverage for you this morning. todd is live and marine awe molina in the weather center kelly wright in virginia beach. >> i am being told we are going to start with you, maria. we need to find out where this storm is and where it is heading. >> it made land fall yesterday outside of the atlantic city area. not so much because of the rainfall mostly because of the storm surge. that is also a record that we set across the area. motor manhattan and the hudson river. we heard about significant damage to subway lines through tunnels during some flooding right now even water on runways. we have been talking about how large sandy is 800 miles wide so we are seeing damage as well further off to the south where it made land fall across new jersey. blizzard conditions across western parts of the state of virginia, actually west virginia. snowfall simulations as well a foot of it being recorded. we can see anywhere 2, 3, 4 feet. still ongoing 50 right now across new york city. very large storm system. heather a
has a population of over 22 million people. when new york city evacuated just these areas in the five burrows for this storm, the people who were subject to just that order, just the people who live in the red area as marked on this map, just those people and just that population was larger than half the population of more than a handful of u.s. states. just the population in that evacuation area is the population of the whole city of new orleans and as you can see, this is just a fraction of that densely populated area. and a lot remain living under circumstances they have never lived in before. tonight rescue efforts here are ongoing in northern new jersey. several towns along the hackensack river were inundated with water when a tidal surge from the river overflowed its banks. normally the water rises up through the ground, but this time they said it came down the streets and started pouring into their basements first like a trickle and then as one little boy will describe like a waterfall. they said there was no place to run, no place to hide. they literally had 15 to 45 minutes d
are under siege and getting pounded, power is out, new york city, all but cut off. trains and bridges and tunnels closed, while new yorkers deal with a badly damaged construction crane on top of the tallest building in the city. tonight, the city is under massive storm warnings, nbc news begins now. >> this is nbc nightly news. >>> good evening, we wanted to let our viewers on the west coast know what it is like to be on the east coast tonight, the freakishly powerful october storm will go down as one of the worst storms of all time. it is no longer technically hurricane sandy, a sub-tropical cyclone, a nor'easter to some sta states, ten states under emergency, almost half the country warned about high winds all because of this. it has officially made landfall tonight just south of atlantic city, new jersey, and has the power to alter the map of the jersey shore. and we'll see that in action in just a moment. sandy is tonight causing flooding from massachusetts, to all the way west, a cloud bank visible over lake michigan. in new york, all eyes are on the continuing drama of that mass
night. right outside this building in the biggest city in the country, there's a massive storm that's just made landfall and all day long has been imposing its will on the atlantic coast from the carolinas all the way up to new england. it has toppled cranes on skyscrapers. this is that crane falling today. yeah, it has toppled cranes on skyscrapers, it has flooded the eastern sea board. it has messed up the presidential election. but this giant storm called sandy is not over yet. the storm making landfall just outside atlantic city, new jersey, at 8:00 p.m. eastern time tonight. forecasters calling sandy a post pos post-tropical cyclone which might sound better, but it isn't better. all it means is the storm has lost the characteristics of a tropical cyclone but still has hurricane-force winds. we want to go near where sandy made landfall. thank you for joining us. what can you tell us about the scene at the site of the landfall? >> reporter: things are a little calmer now than a couple hours ago as sandy came ashore just a few miles south of where we are. the winds have kicked up
lights headed towards the highrise towards foster city, moving at the limit. elsewhere slow north 101, third to peninsula might ab issue. drive times now up and over the altamont still looking good, heavy out of antioch, a street to loveridge, carquinez bridge to maze east shore freeway just about 20 minutes. >>> 6:02. that love the sound of this, giants are world series -- gotta love the sound of this giants are world series winners after sweeping in detroit. kira klapper begins our live team coverage in the mission district. >> reporter: certainly the morning after here on mission street. crowds thousands of fans were crowding mission street hours ago i'll step aside so you can see the aftermath. a little destruction, trash piles, charred, still in the mid the street commuters having to go around it. the piles were bigger garbage instructions and street sweeping vehicles have been through the last few hours. it is not as bad as it was. let's show you this incredible youtube video. at mission and 22nd it was police vs. part at the scene of a big bonfire, two rows of riot gear stood a
. that is important. we will get into the details. it is in south jersey right around atlantic city. the exact location is not that important. the whole region will get it. the flooding has begun in jersey and in new york. sandy is on a collision course with a winter storm from the west. and a blast of frigid air from the north. when the three systems meet, forecasters say that will create a once-in-a-lifetime weather phenomenon. >> do not underestimate this storm. these forecasts for the surge are really extraordinary. though are talking about surges that we have not seen before. there is nothing at all to be taken lightly. >> this is not a time to an show off. this is not a time to be stupid. this is a time to save yourself and your family. >>shepard: the governors of new york and jersey and the east coast grinding to a halt. 5,000 flights are canceled. mass transit in boston, philadelphia, washington, dc, and new york city at a standstill. the tunnels in and out of the manhattan, are shut down. the train stations from new jersey which bring commuters close to a million a day into the city,
across the mid-atlantic coast including new york city where water is entering the subway system and the bridge connecting manhattan and brooklyn. con edison reports that almost all of manhattan all the way down to the battery, that's the lower tip of the city, all of it without power. more than 300,000 homes without power in new york city. 3.6 million along the east coast. already it's been a deadly storm. at least ten deaths reported. new york, new jersey, connecticut, pennsylvania, west virginia, we have video from manhattan's east side. let's get you caught up on what is going on here in new york. michelle franzen is on the phone with us from battery park city. that's the lower tip of manhattan where a lot of people who are tourists know where to go. michelle, what's the latest where you are? >> chris, i just walked down here to the area where the water was rushing up earlier. it's definitely retreating but certainly not passed the walkway. a long way to go for that. battery set a record, nearly 14 foot -- 14 feet for the final measurements of the surge in this area. the last
. it was pandemonium in san francisco. >> how big is this for the city of san francisco. this is also does,. this is of come! is also does,. this is of come! (cheers & applause) overwhelming ! (cheers & applause) as you might imagine they were happy with the win. excitement everywhere you concede the shots. the streets of san francisco. we'll have more reaction from fans throughout the morning on the kron for more in a spirit >> pablo sandoval named the in the p. he took home the trau during this series. it was amazing. we will have more giants coverage throughout the morning keeping my right here on kron 4. >> we have the beautiful weather this weekend this morning waking up to areas of fog. how long with the stretch of whether last. etiquetrica has your morning weather. >> we have a dense fog advisory in effect for the san francisco bay. it is a foggy start to the morning you may encounter some drizzle. visibility down to 0101 at the 37 interchange not seen much in santa rosa and napa. particular annoyance call for the north bay power in one spot check out half moon bay. all of the area
north of cape may, atlantic city. but i just don't want you to focus on those cities. does it make that turn left in time? it didn't going left right now, and sometimes they wait. sometimes computers aren't perfe perfect, and why aren't they perfect? the atlantic ocean is a fast space, we don't have weather balloons out there. we have drop sons out of noaa weather radio. here it is, category 1, about an 80-mile-per-hour storm, right now as it makes landfall tomorrow night. and if there's any change to the forecast at all, i would say that's a little bit faster. the numbers bring in landfall the eye, but don't focus on 8:00, because a lot of the storm will be onshore, half of it will be onshore, even before the eye gets there, wherever it gets. you have to understand that things are going to start to go bad from here. this is how good it's going to get for the next 36 hours. no matter where with we are in here, this sides of it is so dangerous because the wins are coming in here. on up here into period of time. all the way here into tom's river and all of this has wind this way, the
boost the detroit city is expected to get. >> good evening. >> fighting and the storm surge, the biggest concerns right now. >> and hurricane sandy isn't expected to make landfall until tomorrow night. it's already causing dangerous conditions along the east coast. authorities are warning new york city could be hit with an 11-foot wall of water. washington, d.c. will be closed for business tomorrow. new york city is in emergency mode. duarte geraldineo has the latest on hurricane sandy. we see authorities raining where you are. >> it's hard to believe the storm is about a day away because the storm is picking up. the surf is getting taller. as i speak, millions of people have been evacuated. yet, there's a still a sizable contingent, a large number of people who say they refuse to go. they are not lifting to emergency officials and they are weathering the storm in their own homes. >>> rough surf is pounding the east coast from virginia to massachusetts as sandy marches north. >> forecasters say some 60 million people are in the path of the monster storm. >> i don't think people are as pr
. >> this morning, major east coast cities are literally shut down, and coastal communities have already been evacuated. it is monday, october 29th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> usually we say good morning. but it doesn't seem appropriate on this monday. all eyes on sandy, what's going to be a very tough probably 36 to 72 hours for millions of folks along the east coast. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. hurricane sandy is a 900-mile superstorm expected to make landfall in new jersey tonight. 900 miles. just think of a 900-mile-wide wing span. >> i know. from cloud to cloud. that's a massive storm. this morning, of course, complete coverage of hurricane sandy, the forecast, the storm's track and very important, tips to help you and your family stay safe. also, new york city, like several other cities up and down the east coast, is all but shut down. scenes we don't see here a lot. just subway stations empty. times square empty. everything just shut down. there is no mass transit, limited flights. people are urged simply to stay home
the new york city subways are safe. thanks for watching. i will pass it off to anderson cooper, who is in asbury park, new jersey. >> erin, thanks very much. we are live in asbury park. i'm here with rob marciano. what's an amazing situation here -- [ no audio ] >>- i was able to walk to the boardwalk which is about two blocks from where we are right now. it's now impossible to get over there. we are actually kind of seeking safety behind this suv. if you pan down, you can see the water has come, there's about six inches of water now about two blocks from the ocean. the water has just moved in here incredibly fast. it really has all happened in the last 30 minutes or so. >> it really has. we thought maybe a few hours ago that it was speeding up, maybe it wouldn't be as bad as we thought. certainly you have to believe that scenes like what we're seeing right now are happening up and down the jersey shoreline, being inundated with the storm surge, crashing over the boardwalk. is town is under water. >> obviously we lost power about an 15 nutes ago but there are still a couple street l
to a halt, because of this one storm. the death toll is now at least 40. the biggest city in the country has been staggered. power is out for more than 8 million homes and businesses, and that's an early low ball estimate across 15 states. an early guess at the cost of this storm would begin at $50 billion in damage and lost business. the map of the atlantic coastline, especially the jersey shore has been simply redrawn in some areas. the president is touring the damage in new jersey tomorrow. today he told the folks across this entire region, america is with you. here is where this storm is now. it's centered 50 miles east-southeast of pittsburgh. think of it this way, the same storm that plunged the east coast into darkness, was today causing 60 mile an hour winds as far away as gary, indiana. the storm's being felt in wisconsin. it made a direct hit on the jersey shore. nbc's ron allen is in point pleasant beach tonight to start off our coverage. ron, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian, the storm came ashore about an hour's drive south of here and completely obliterated
the northeast. new jersey takes a direct hit. new york city especially hard hit. cabs floating down the street. subway tunnels floweded. a hospital evacuated overnight. tounds still under water in connecticut and long island and daylight is just beginning to reveal the full impact of it all, tuesday, october 30th. 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," tracking sandy, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. the damage from sandy is widespread and extensive. while the worst of it seems to be behind us, the storm is still having an impact all up and down the northeast. this was a situation of choose your poison. some people got hit with devastating wind, others drenching rains. the storm surge did so much damage in some places it was all three of those. >> and exceeded even what forecasters had predicted, a terrible storm. many people waking up in the dark this morning. sandy officially made landfall near atlantic city, new jer
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